It was sudden chaos on the stage at a Bernie Sanders campaign event in Carson City, Nevada, on Sunday when “anti-dairy” protesters rushed the stage, including at least three topless women who confronted the 78-year-old socialist candidate for president–in an incident Sanders afterward referred to as free excitement.
True enough, the episode added some unexpected spice to the rally and Sanders was undecided in the heat of the moment about what to do. But with his wife right there with him, it was clear that he did not know how to react, before security finally separated him from the bizarre spectacle.
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“Bernie, I’m your biggest supporter, and I’m here to ask you to stop propping up the dairy industry and to stop propping up animal agriculture. I believe in you,” a woman yelled into a microphone that she grabbed. US Daily Report identified the woman as Priya Sawhney.
At the same time, more women climbed onto the stage, including those who were displaying their teets in apparent solidarity with productive bovine mothers out there who are unjustly providing nutrition and sustenance to an inherently evil species–humans … or something like that.
Sanders had just introduced his wife as “the next first lady” when the women rushed the stage. Signs and body paint proclaimed “Let Dairy Die.” A number of the protesters poured paint, fake blood, milk, and water on and around the podium.
The crowd chanted, “Bernie, Bernie,” while various security people moved in and tried to separate the crazed vegans from the daft politician.
Order was eventually restored and Sanders returned to the podium saying: “This is Nevada, there’s always a little bit of excitement — at no extra cost. Except we have a lot of water on the stage.”
Three women were arrested for indecent exposure. “Activists Carla Cabral, Rachel Ziegler, and Audrey Rees were arrested and their bail was set at $7,500, according to the animal rights activists,” the US Daily Report article stated.
The protesters said they were members of the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere, an international grassroots group of animal rights activists founded in 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“The group stages disruptive protests and non-violent direct action tactics to further their cause, such as open rescue of animals from factory farms,” Carson Now reported.
“I love Bernie, but we must hold abusive industries accountable, not shield and subsidize them,” Sawhney told the media afterward. “Animal farming is an industry which gives welfare payments to millionaires. People are fed up. Like the Sanders campaign itself, animal rights is a burgeoning mass movement.”
The protest was apparently connected with Sanders’ support for 2018 legislation that provided emergency financial support for dairy farmers around the U.S. because of declining milk prices.
Social media has had a field day with the incident.
So if Bernie can’t stand up to his topless supporters, how can we expect him to stand up to China or the GOP or the NRA or the oil lobby…… https://t.co/3HLpZyDdip
— Elaine (Adam Schiff is a Patriot) in Carolina (@Elaineplaywrite) February 17, 2020
— ❌ IAmTOMMY, Proud Deplorable??? (@FedUpSpeakinUp) February 17, 2020
The Bernie pic reminded me of the time Putin ran into a topless protestor pic.twitter.com/87KyIOnj2Z
— the last of the wife guys (@TheSocietyDude) February 17, 2020
It just never occurred to me to attend a Bernie rally. just maybe?
— Wayno (@Powerplay33fl) February 17, 2020
I bet they wouldn’t do that on stage with Joe Biden.
— Dennis (@Dsrcoach) February 17, 2020
POTUS might, I say might have motorboated those broads!
— Bill Allen (@billallenmedic) February 17, 2020
Topless protesters at Bernie rally ??
Now you see kids, when u have a disease that goes unchecked, where everybody/thing in the ? is a victim, It metastasizes & becomes what we know today as the Modern Democrat Party #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
— Mayor Pete’s Mittens (@Dmess16) February 17, 2020
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